I'm really liking hearing your thoughts on the past couple of quotes I've put up, and since I have so many, I think I am going to make it a permanent Thursday feature :)
"Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day" - Ernest Hemingway
I don't know if I'm allowed to disagree with this, because well, it's Hemingway, but I am going to. I think the art of writing itself can be construed as being lonely--because most people do write when they are alone for that's when the ideas flow. Yes, you probably do produce your best work whilst alone, but it doesn't have to be lonesome though. Not all the time.
To me, it's also about achieving that balance, which allows you to manage both writing and other aspects of your life. And I know it's hard, especially when you're juggling several hats, and trying to fit far too many hours into one day, but somehow, we manage. We make it work.
Please share your thoughts on this - do you agree or disagree, and which side of the spectrum are you on? What advice do you have for those who are struggling?